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Swiss Chard - A Super Food!

Swiss Chard is one of those super foods that people look at - and then put down.  Its colors are sometimes striking - pictured above is a variety that we grow in season which is called "Bright Lights".  When people ask how to cook it, we often tell them some of the same ways that one would prepare spinach.  It is not a cousin to spinach; rather it is a member of the beet family.  It takes like spinach with just a background hint of beet.  

Swiss Chard contains many antioxidants, and is high in Vitamin K (warfarin users seek advice from your doctor).  It is also high in folic acid, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, zinc, carotenoid, oxalates, and fiber.

You can saute it, bake it, make it in a smoothie or frittata.  Below is a simple recipe for Swiss Chard:

 

Roasted Swiss Chard with Feta:

Ingredients:
1 Bunch of Rainbow Chard - leaves and stems washed, dried (very important), chopped and separated
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil in total (plus some to grease a baking sheet)
salt and pepper to taste
4 ounces of feta cheese, broken into small pieces

Directions
1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a baking sheet with olive oil
2)  Toss the Swiss Chard stems and onions in a bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Season to taste.  Spread onto the prepared baking sheet.
3)  Bake in the preheated oven until the chard stems have softened and the onion is starting to brown (about 15 minutes).  Toss the Swiss Chard leaves with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season.  Sprinkle the leaves over the stem pieces, then scatter feta on top.
4)  Return to the oven, and bake until the stems are tender and the leaves are starting to crisp up.  The feta should melt and start to turn golden (about 15 minutes).

Remove from the oven and enjoy!

You can find both Swiss Chard and feta in our online store!